Professional Doctorate (PD) Program Admissions

Program Overview

Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine (DATM) program at DULA is a four-year Professional Doctorate program.

The PD curriculum consists of two parts: 

  • Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) program coursework: 213 didactic units (2130 didactic lecture hours) and 48 clinical units (960 clinical internship hours)

  • Plus additional coursework at the advanced, doctoral level: 30 didactic units (300 didactic lecture hours) and 2 clinical units (40 clinical integrative internship hours)

The total DATM program consists of: 243 didactic quarter units (2,430 hours) and 50 clinic units (1,000 hours) for a total of 293 units (3,430 hours).

Students enrolling in the DATM program will be dual enrolled in the MSOM as well as the DATM program. DULA’s MSOM program prepares students to sit for California State Acupuncture Licensing Exam (CALE) and National certification exam (NCCAOM). Once students have completed all the MSOM requirements, students will be eligible to receive MSOM degree and advance with the state licensing exam and national certification exam, while completing the PD advanced courseworks.

DULA DATM program is offered only in English language.

Advanced PD Curriculum

The advanced PD courses will be offered in a module system. The PD completion program may be completed in less than a year.

To see the list of advanced PD courses, please click here.

General Entrance Criteria 

All students, including Master’s graduates enrolling in the Professional Doctorate Completion program, must meet the admissions requirements at the time of their official matriculation. Professional Doctorate admissions criteria include satisfactory completion of at least three years (90-semester credits/135 quarter credits) undergraduate level education from an institution accredited or pre-accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education.

English Language Requirements

The DATM program is offered only in English. 

English language competency is required of all students seeking admission to the program. This must be demonstrated by one of the following means:

  1. The student must have completed a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate- or graduate-level, English-based education in an institution: accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland. In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used;

  2. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) - Acceptable scores: TOEFL iBT total score – 80. DULA TOEFL code is C036. For details on TOEFL, please visit

  3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Acceptable scores: IELTS overall band score 6.5 (Academic Format). For details on IELTS, please visit

Application Packages

The following items are required to be considered for admission:

  1. A complete online or paper application in English along with the non-refundable application fee. (U.S. citizens/residents: $100; international students: $200).

  2. Provide Official Transcript(s) from all colleges and/or universities attended. All official transcripts must be sealed and sent directly from the issuing institutions to the office of admissions at DULA. Students who graduated from colleges or universities outside of the U. S. must submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation through the academic credential evaluation service that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). For more information about NACES, please refer to the website to select one of the listed institutions and apply for the course-by-course service. Evaluation must include degree equivalency. 

  3. If the transcripts are from a country where English is not the primary language, they must be translated into English and must be sent to a reputable foreign credential evaluation agency to evaluate equivalent levels of educational achievement in the U.S.

  4. A copy or copies of diploma(s) from colleges and higher-education institutions.

  5. Two recommendation letters. The letters may be in English, Korean, or Chinese. The letters of recommendation should include information about the applicant’s strengths and character traits.  

  6. One-page typed personal essay in English addressing the following three questions:

    • Why do you wish to attend Dongguk University Los Angeles?

    • What are your interests and/or philosophical views of oriental medicine?

    • What are your strengths and skills that would make you a good healthcare practitioner?

  7. One recent 2”x2” color headshot photos.

  8. Proof of residency (a copy of passport, birth certificate, permanent residency card, or any other documents that show the applicant's legal status in the U.S.

  9. An interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.

Please contact admissions staff for any questions or additional information regarding the application process (DULA Admissions Department at 213-487-0110 or send an email to [email protected]).

International Applicants

DULA is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue a I-20 and enroll non-immigrant international students into the Master’s Program only.

Visit DULA

Prospective students are invited to visit DULA and experience the community by scheduling a visit to our campus. Prospective students may sit in on classes, meet with faculty and current students, and experience clinical settings. Individual tours of the campus are available, and walk‐ins are always welcome. All prospective students who visit DULA in person or attend an on‐campus admissions info session will receive a tour of the campus and a comprehensive overview of your program of interest, including curriculum, class schedules, tuition, financial aid and answers to your specific questions.

To schedule a tour, please contact the Admissions Department at 213-487-0110 or send an email to [email protected]. Applications are reviewed throughout the year. Preferences are given to early applicants.


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Phone Number: 213) 487-0110                

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Mailing Address:

Dongguk University, Los Angeles
Attention: Office of Admissions, MSOM Program
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Los Angeles, CA 90020